Bio-ethanol from waste

Most of the bioethanol today is produced using sugar and starch-based raw materials obtained from food crop feedstocks. Due to sustainability concerns, the biofuels industry are moving towards ​advanced biofuel technologies, including biofuels derived from lignocellulosic biomass and residues from agriculture and food production.

An international organic waste handler wished to assess the potential to supply its residual biomass to second generation ethanol producers.

A review of current commercial production of cellulosic ethanol was made, followed by interviews with producers on feedstock requirements and specifications, market value, commercial and regulatory considerations, and level of interest to do business.

We provided the waste handler client with a report on the use of organic wastes ​in cellulosic ethanol production. The report detailed opportunities and risks involved with the technology, policy and markets, analysed current cellulosic bioethanol production, and identified potential business partnerships to take the project forward in this new strategic direction.